Merit Assessment for Research Associates and Senior Research Associates

PDAD&C #108, 2009-10

MEMORANDUM

To: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From:     Edith Hillan, Vice Provost Faculty & Academic Life
Date: June 23, 2010
Re: Merit Assessment for Research Associates and Senior Research Associates
  

Please ensure this memo is circulated to all Principal Investigators in your unit who have supervisory responsibilities for Research Associates and Senior Research Associates

Compensation for Research Associates and Senior Research Associates is governed by the Policy, Procedures and Terms and Conditions of Appointment for Research Associates (Limited Term) and Senior Research Associates which can be found at:

http://www.governingcouncil.utoronto.ca/Assets/Governing+Council+Digital+Assets/Policies/PDF/ppmar032003.pdf  

The performance review process for Research Associates (limited term) and Senior Research Associates should be conducted as normal. Performance evaluation and assessment of RA/SRAs is an important component of career development. Principal Investigators should request an annual activity report and current curriculum vitae from each RA/SRA in their team. RA/SRAs should be asked to articulate the progress they have made during the year and comment on the significance of their activities, where needed. The report may be supplemented with other evidence as appropriate. Principal Investigators should provide each RA/SRA with a full performance appraisal.

Although the proposed Compensation Restraint Act legislation requires restraint for compensation effective March 24, 2010, the legislation does provide some scope for increases provided for by existing policy that are merit driven. The potential amount of the merit increase is set out in the Policy and is dependent on the outcome of the performance review. All merit increases will require the approval of the dean or division head. Further instructions on implementation will be provided following the performance assessments.